Guido van der Werve, 2015

Number seventeen – killing time attempt 1, from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain

In Number seventeen van der Werve aims to emulate two extreme sporting achievements: the climbing of Mount Everest (8,848m) and the descent into the deepest ocean abyss (-11,040m) – two feats that contrast both starkly and ironically with the domestic surroundings chosen for the filming.

The ascent of Mount Everest has always been considered a metaphor for each individual's striving to reach "the highest peak" in his or her lifetime. Here van der Werve has created his own, "absolute" version of that metaphor, despoiled of the gruelling physical preparation but spatially and temporally open to the mental dimension of the action.

This is an act of endurance that has been transposed into everyday life, without its tougher or more spectacular traits but still capable of confronting the viewer with the feeling that a noteworthy task has been accomplished.

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Number seventeen – killing time attempt 1, from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain
Guido van der Werve
2015
2 channel video installation, color video, stereo audio
1920px x 1080px, 9h41'